FRESNO- Two sheriff’s office employees are in critical but stable condition after being shot in the lobby of the Fresno County Jail Saturday.
Their suspected shooter, convicted rapist Thong Vang is in custody.
According to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, just after 8:30 a.m., Vang walked into the lobby of the Fresno Jail. Approximately 15 others, including children, were in the lobby at the time.
Investigators say the 37-year-old parolee tried to cut the visitation line, but a correctional officer told him to wait his turn.
Correctional officers Juanita Davila and Toamalama Scanlan approached Vang when they noticed the parolee pacing back and forth in front of a metal detector leading to a secure area of the jail.
The three got into a physical confrontation and Vang pulled out a gun and shot the officers.
Davila and Scanlan were shot in the head in neck.
The officers were not certified to carry weapons, and were unarmed. However armed officers did come to their assistance shooting at and trying to taze Vang. He then ran into a hallway but eventually surrendered while the deputies were rescued.
The suspect suffered only minor injuries.
As of Saturday night, Vang had not yet been charged and booked into jail, but a spokesperson for the Fresno County Sheriff’s office says he will face felony charges.
Prior to Saturday, law enforcement says he had not violated parole since being released in 2014 after serving 16 years for numerous counts of raping teens under 14.